Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty

About half of the young adults at UTEC are also young parents.

Our two-generation approach makes the most of our unique opportunities for whole-family engagement. This starts with the 2Gen Center @ UTEC, an onsite early education center for the children (ages 0-5) of our young adults. Research demonstrates that children of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents often experience a range of adverse outcome including academic and behavioral challenges.

At UTEC, proven-risk young parents and their young children can work together on the social-emotional development, along with essential life skills (academic for kids and employment for parents) that will help them break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Program Highlights

• Child-driven curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach

• State-funded vouchers accepted

• No cost to UTEC families without vouchers

• Two-way transportation provided

• Daily-made USDA approved hot meals served

• Experienced, educated teachers

The Parenting Center

Fall 2021, UTEC’s 2Gen Early Childhood Education Center will open a new resource for families. The Parenting Center will include basic needs like laundry, computer, printers, and groceries as well as a space to host workshops and family activities.

Thanks to our funders: The Anderson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, and the Niflin Foundation